The Department of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin for concerns about “a heightened threat environment” across the United States.
“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin stated.
The bulletin cites “Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs)… motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force [who] have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities,” as well as extremist attacks involving “long-standing racial and ethnic tension.”
The department said the purpose of the new bulletin was to warn the public about the “heightened threat environment” across the United States “that is likely to persist over the coming weeks.”
The bulletin is a lesser-status warning designed to alert the public about general risks, rather than an imminent attack linked to a specific threat.
“DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.”
The bulletin will remain in place through April 30.